After spending 4 days in Marseille, Bobby and I took the train 30 km/19 m north to Aix-en-Provence, where we spent two days. Founded in 123 BCE by the Romans, Aix has had a surprisingly violent history: according to Wikipedia, it was 'occupied by the Visigoths in 477, repeatedly plundered by the Franks and Lombards, and was occupied by the Saracens in 731, followed by Charles Martin in 737'.However, from the 12th century onwards, it became a artistic center, a reputation which lasts to this day.
Le Formal, where we had the 7 course truffle menu. We started with the 64 degree egg (an egg poached for an hour or so at 64 degrees Celsius). Served with smoked salmon, crème fraîche with sturgeon caviar, potato, and truffle oil and a dried chip of truffle, it was a divine introduction to the following tuffle-heavy courses.